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1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Skyliner Retractable Convertible "Frame-off Rest"

  • Price: Ask a price!
  • Make: Ford
  • Model: Galaxie
  • Type: Convertible
  • Trim: Convertible
  • Year: 1959
  • Mileage: 300
  • VIN: H9RW170979
  • Color: Gulfstream Blue/Colonial white
  • Engine size: V8
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Power options: Power Windows
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: 2WD
  • Interior color: Blue & White
  • Safety options: Seat belts (4)
  • Options: Retractable Hardtop convertible, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Steel belted WSW Tires, Wire Wheels with Turquoise blue spinner inserts, Ford embroidered floor mats, Convertible
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Location: Pompano Beach, Florida, United States


1959 Ford Galaxie 500 Skyliner Retractable Hardtop Convertible "$125,000 Restoration"Click Here For Restoration Pictures
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1959 Ford Galaxie 500 Skyliner Retractable Hardtop Convertible "$125,000 Restoration"

One of the very best restored Skyliners in the world!"

Gulfstream Blue/Colonial White with Blue & White interior "352 cid V-8 rated at 300hp

Drives just like it looks-PERFECT!.......1959 Classic perfection at it's best

Let us begin by pointing out that the reserve we have placed on this car is FAR less than its cost of restoration.

A frame off restoration of anySkylinerto this level would easily cross the six figure mark. $125,000+ and 2-3 years to complete.

The difference between a Skyliner that would be worth $45,000-$50,000 and one restored toconcourse quality standards like

this car that would be considered "well bought"in the $65,000-$70,000 range is not $15,000-$20, is $100,000 plus

that you would have to spend today to restore it to this level.

Remember, it is always better to invest in a near perfect, original low mileage correct caror to buy a car done to perfection like this car, than to try and have a car restored yourself. The one who pays for the restoration, hardly ever comes close to breaking even.

The thick 'baby book' that will accompany thisSkyliner(filled with photos) will take you through the entire restoration process!

This is a Concourse restored automobile that is a sure 1st placed winner in any judging event.

A Nationwide independent inspection and appraisal company

visited Garage Memories and spent several hours photographing

this car, checking out every accessory and drove this car.

The checked and verified the numbers on the left front of the block. (see hi resolution photo of this number) They also researched the sale ofsimilar and their

findings are in this report.type vehicles.

To purchase this 39 page report with hi-resolution digital photos from the Auto Appraisal Network for just $49.95 click this

the Buy Now below.

You will receive via e-mail a PDF copy of the report and for an additional $79.95, you will be mailed a full color bound copy.

Now, the stats...

Exterior Color:GulfstreamBlue/Colonial white

Interior: Blue & White

Serial Number: H9RW 170979

Decoded As Follows:

H- Engine Code - 300 HP Thunderbird 352 Special V8

9 - Model Year - 1959

R- Assembly Plant - San Jose, CA

W- Body Style -Skyliner

1 70979 - Consecutive Unit Number (meaning it was the 70,979th Ford assembled at the San Jose, CA Assembly Plant


Body- 51A (Skyliner)

Color- E - Colonial White

Trim- 30 - Radiant Blue Soft-TexuredVinyl with Silver

Strand and striped nub fabric

Date- 04E- Date of Assembly - May 4th, 1959

Trans 4- Transmission - Cruise-O-Matic3-Speed Automatic

Axle- 1- Rear Axle Ratio - 3.10.1

Mileage: just a few hundred miles since the body-off-the-frame restoration


Power Steering

Power Brakes

Power Lift Windows

Power Retractable Top

Rebuilt original 352ciThunderbird Special V8

3-speed Cruise-O-Maticautomatic transmission

AM Push Button signal-seeking radio

Tinted glass

NewCokerWSWSteel-belted Radial Tires

Kelsey Hayes Wire Wheels

Embroidered Custom Floor Mats

We tested every switch and control and found all to work correctly. To name a few......

The top works to perfection...simply amazing.

The power windows all work correctly.

The power steering is a finger can steer this car effortlessly

The Power brakes work pulling to the right or left when applied

Driving the car today at 75-80mph on the Florida vibration or noises...very smooth

Transmission...shifts correctly and silky smooth.

Exhaust system....whisper quiet

All the lights work...interior....exterior, turn signals, brake lights and back-up lights

Cigarette light works

Clock works

Heater, fan, defroster work properly

Cooling runs properly at correct temperature...even in bumper to bumper traffic

Wipers and horn work correctly

The chrome on this car is like jewelry, stainless and pot metal inside and outside are show quality.

Engine compartment....magnificent

Undercarriage...beautiful and no rust. Looking at the restoration photos...this was a rust free car

before it was restored.

In an age where brand aesthetics can easily hang around for a decade, it's hard to imagine any automaker turning out jaw-dropping but completely different designs for five years in a row. Between 1955 and 1960, Ford did just that and, over time, each model has become an exalted classic. The 1959Fairlane500Galaxieis one of the most sought after cars of its era, with examples like this professionally restoredSkylinerserving as great reminders why. There's simply NOTHING like it on today's roads, and that's without factoring the car's 352 cubic inchThunderbird Special V8, 3-speed automatic transmission or strikingGulfstreamBlue-on-Colonialwhite color combination that's guaranteed to turn heads.

So, if you're the kind of enthusiast who enjoys being the center of attention, take a minute to get to know this incredible Ford convertible!

The Ford engineer who designed this incredible example of mechanical art was Ben E. Smith....

At a recent national convention of FordSkylinersand their owners (with ourSkylinerparticipating), Mr. Smith, now 92 years old, graciously signed the inside of the deck lid.


Driven a few hundred shakedown miles since completion and presenting much better than when it originally rolled down San Jose's storied assembly lines, this impressive drop-top has been transformed into a take-no-prisoners weekender that consistently headlines cruise nights.

You won't be staying under the radar with its professionally finished Gulfstream Blue on Colonial White paintwork, which has beencarefully applied over a very clean and straight body. In the photos below, you'll see photos of the car's restoration, including before and after shots. Even before the painstaking restoration, this car wasstraight and rust free.

And ultimately, everything adds up to one super cool cruiser that, thanks to its spectacular combination of color and trim, has an absolutely magnetic presence!


Beginning in 1952,The Lincoln Continental division of Ford spent almost two million dollars in R & D on developing & building a retractable hardtop under the direction of Ben Smith. When it was decided a retractable top would make the Continental too expensive, The Lincoln Division turned the project over to Ford, where Ben Smith tweaked his retractable mechanism to revolutionize Ford's top of the line Fairlane 500 (and later Galaxie). Ford spent an additional Eighteen million dollars on this project before the 1st Skyliner rolled off the Ford assembly lines. The Skyliner had only a three year run, from 1957-1959. It would be thirty five years before another automaker would venture into the retractable hardtop business.

The entire retractable mechanism this Skyliner has been professionally restored and completely rebuilt. It works to perfection! If you've never experienced the joy of pressing a single button and turning an all steel hardtop into an open convertible in less than 60 seconds, you're in for a treat. And here's a guarantee: take this retractable to a car show and park it next to ANY other classic, regardless of price - and IT will steal the show! Operate the top for spectators and they'll break into applause. I ought to know - I've owned a Geranium and White 1959 Skyliner for 25 years and still have it! And oh.. I've NEVER had a problem with the top's operation in all my years of ownership!

Here's a hint to keep your retractable working like it left the factory: Be sure to put the top up or down only when the car is on a LEVEL surface. Do that and you'll virtually insure tip-top operation for years to come.


Tilt this Ford's sculpted hood up and you'll find Ford's optional 352 cubic inch Thunderbird Special V8 that has been completely rebuilt to specs and dressed to impress. Introduced in 1958 as a high-end Ford and Mercury engine, this stout big block remained one of Dearborn's hottest factory options for many years. At the top of the 352 CID V-8 mill, a bright blue air cleaner draws wind in to a big 4-barrel carburetor that's juiced by a series of stainless fuel lines. Atomized octane passes through a cast iron intake manifold to correct, cast iron heads that are topped by painted and Ford-branded valve covers. At the front of those valve covers you'll see a correct fan and a tagged radiator. The radiator keeps the block cool via pliable hoses and modern screw clamps. Spark comes courtesy of a traditional points and distributor, which sequences fire between a Ford coil and fresh plug wires. Aesthetically,this convertible's bay presents a clean, mostly authentic appearance all the way from its Spartan horn and fresh decals to its reproduction batteryand Motorcraft oil filter. And best of all, the 352/300 horsepower engine fires instantly and sounds surprisingly beefy breathing through OEM-style exhaust.


At the bottom of this Skyliner, a fully sorted undercarriage houses typically over-restored floors that are bolted to lots of factory-correct components. Nice enough to show but still fully drivable, this is the perfect compromise for enthusiasts who like to display their car and enjoy fun-filled weekends. Behind the beefy power plant, a Cruise-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission spins torque to a familiar Ford 9-inch that's fitted with pleasant, highway-friendlygears. The car's suspension remains close to its original configuration, with factory power steering complementing factory control arms and traditional leaf springs. All of the chassis' parts are free of weathering, additional evidence that this Skyliner has seen only break-in miles since its complete restoration. Braking is quick and adequate thanks to fresh drums that occupy all four corners of that chassis. On the outside of those drums, 215/75R14SBR Coker whitewalls spin with a fresh set of spectacular Kelsey Hayes Wire Wheels with Blue insert spinners.


2-tone paint is legendary for its characteristically '50s feel. And when paired with this hardtop convertible's airy interior, it creates the perfect culmination of style and sophistication.There's tight carpet that, thanks to low miles, still features rich blue loops. Front and center, a 2-tone dash hangsrestored Ford telemetry next to a correct Original push-button Ford AM radio.

At the sides of that dash, flashy chrome laden door panels, center chrome handles and sculpted armrests above spectacular Ford-branded sills. And in front of the driver, a white & blue steering wheelspins a stylized rim around a chrome Ford-branded horn ring.

This first class Ford is a nicely polished piece of jet-age magic that's ready to be shown and celebrated. With its sturdy 352/automatic drive train,streetability certainly won't be a problem.And the car's impressive interior is every bit as welcoming now as it was when new. Why? Because it IS new - an all new CORRECT interior by of ABC Interiors. If you're looking for a top-notch classic to add to your collection.

Call us at(954) 873-6495and claim this incredible Skyliner!

Please take the time to read all of the copy and look at every hi-definition photograph and watch all the videos....If you do,

you will probably have most of your questions answered and get a good sense of feeling just how nice this car is.

We're extremely proud of our 16 years of 100% feedback.On March 15th of 2000 we sold our 1st vintage car on Ebay, a 1967 Olds W/30,

4/Speed in Yellow with white bucket seats Convertible for $21,000.

Probably worth $75,000 today if it's been well cared for?

Wespend countless hours writing the descriptions of every car we offer exclusively onebaymotors.comand spend many

hours taking 100's of photographs and then selecting the best 75-100 pictures on every car.

We spend countless hours making sure every car we offer is the best it can be. If we find a light bulb out, we replace it,

if the clock is not working, we will alert you to that...we do our best to never "Surprise" anyone.

If a car needs a new battery....we install one....We drive all of our cars for 50-200 miles

and if we find something not working...we fix it....if we don't fix it---we tell you in the

auction copy what is not working.

One of my pet complaints is spending good $ for a car that arrives with barely enough gas to

get it off the truck...that will never be the case with any car sold by us.

After detailing, each car is shipped in a clear "Car Condom" a special plastic covering with

an elastic band that holds the cover down at your cars closest point to the ground and preventing

any dust or dirt from getting on your car while being transported.

We recommend you use the services of Mary Olson who owns Crossroads Transport

and that you only use an enclosed carrier. Mary has shipped almost 1500 great cars for us over

the last several years...she is the best and will save you money in the process.

The weather hereis fantastic...especially the evenings....This car could have 100 or 200 more miles

on it by the timesomeone reaches the reserve price or calls us up and makes a deal on the phone...and YESwe love trades...especially Vintage cars in #1 or #2 Condition. Call us at(954) 873-6495and tell us what you have to trade....we will try our best to put this fabulous 1959 Skyliner in your garage for some wonderful "Garage Memories"

Remember the "Good Old Days?"

Our "Garage Memories" looked something like this.....

Fly into any of the 3 South Florida Airports...Miami.....Ft. Lauderdale.....Palm Beach.

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International is 18 miles South of our air-conditioned Pompano Beach Facility.

We will be happy to pick you and your guest up at the Airport.

That's just one of the difference's that have helped us to sell more

vintage cars on Ebay than anyone else since 2000.......more than 1/3rd of a billion dollars.

The winning bidder will receive this beautifully framed one of a kind gorgeous movie poster on this car.



Who is "Lifestyle 21st Century Auctions?"

We are constantly asked by all the top Auction Companies to please bring our extraordinary vintage

cars to their auctions. We have been offered PRIME TIMES, NO ENTRY FEES and all types of perks.

Instead, we proudly choose to sell all of our cars to the worldwide audience of car collectors and car lovers

who love the opportunityto buy our cars without paying the 10% Buyer fees and high shipping costs as a

result of a "SpecialArrangement" with a few 'on auction site shippers.'

And remember, when you buy a car at an auction, you have no clue as to how that vehicle is going to drive.

We drive every car 100-200 miles to make sure they drive and run as close to perfect as possible...

any of our cars can be picked up in South Florida and driven Coast to Coast

with complete reliability, safety and in comfort.

We also love the fact that we can get to know on a personal basis those who purchase our cars.

We gladlybuy back many of them after a few years and sell them another wonderful collectable car.

Finally, we welcome any pre-inspection of our cars by an Inspection company that is hired

by a potential buyer. If they have the proper insurance and a valid Driver's license we letthem drive the car as well.

We are extremely proud of the cars we offer which has resulted in a 100% feedback rating for more than 16 years.

We sold our 1st vintage car on Ebay in March of 2000. Prior to that, for 40 years we sold almost every car through print media.

The question we are always asked "How do you find all of these incredible cars?"

The answer is simple.We have been collecting the best of the best since 1960! During these past 56 years

we have met 1000's and 1000's of wonderful guys & girls who love this hobby as much as we do. Unfortunately many have and do pass away and when they do the families call us. The cars most often find us for the 2nd time....we don't "find" the cars.

We fly in to inspect the car, most of the times it's acollectionwhich can be 5 or 6 cars....or more.

Many times it's a lot more, 25, 50 or as high as 100+ cars.

When we purchase & ship the cars back to Florida we inspect and drive every car. If it needs anything, we have

it correctly & expertly repaired. We don't take shortcuts. If an Air-conditioning system is not working, we don't

just add Freon....we go through the entire system and fix it right. We're not perfect and once in a great

while we mightoverlook something...if we us and we will do everything we can to make it right.

A very long time friend recently asked us "Why do you try and make every thing work in all of your cars?"

I replied in an instant by saying "Because that is way we would love to buy all of our vehicles"

Additionally, we're not greedy. A small markup is added to each car, we keep the overhead to a minimum

and always "leave room" for the new buyer to sell his or her car should they make that decision.

We never try to just"Make a sale"because a sale is usually a one time event. Instead, we do our best to

"Make a customer"because a customer is forever and that's a VERY good thing in business.

It is UNDERPRICED the current market on a car equippedlike this and restored to this level!

I would urge you to call me ASAP at(954) 873-6495and I will share with you our lowest possible price...we will NOT respond

to e-mails requesting this information and will only share this with a live voice on the phone.

If you have a car that is fully restored or completely original and in EXCELLENT condition, we would welcome to take your car in trade.

An extensive detailed inspection report, appraisal and additional detailed photos are available for just $49.95

by a National, independent inspection company. If you prefer, please hire your owninspector or even better

come in person.A link is provided in the beginning of the auction.

Do you have car(s) you want to sell?

If you have a really special vintage or collectible car, or a collection of several cars, please call us at(954) 873-6495. We would love to speak with you about purchasing your car or entire collection.
We can also assist you in marketing and selling your car(s) on eBay motors utilizing extensive professional ultra high definition photos, 4Kprofessional Cinematic + drone video and copy unique and creative to make your car (s) sell for their actual value in today's high demand marketplace for #1 and strong #2 condition cars.


We are located halfway between Palm Beach International Airport and the Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale International Airport.

Please e-mail us if you would like to see the car. If you prefer, we can arrange to have a qualified, independent, professional mechanic perform a pre-purchase inspection for you (at your expense).

Shipping:If you need help shipping this car in the U.S. or anywhere else in this world, I will be happy to put you in direct contact with Mary Olson who has been our sole shipping person for not only us, but for several of my friends who own car museums. She is honest, reliable, dependable and gives great personal service. She has arranged shipping for myself and several of my friends of more than 3000 cars over the past 10 years.

Twenty First Century Auctions has been selling fine Late model sports cars, vintage and collectible cars on EBAYMOTORS since March of 2000 and we have a 100% feedback rating.

If you wish to schedule an appointment to see this car, please call me at954-873-6495....We would appreciate at least a 1-2 day notice. It is currently being stored inBoca Raton, FL. It is started anddriven a few miles on occasionif it's a beautiful SUNNY day and allowed to warm up,possiblyonce a week.

This car is owned free and clear. After you speak with us on the phone, it is possible to have a scanned copy sent directly to you.

We know this is a Platinum investment collectible car..this is a car that you can still drive & enjoy and will increase in value...not decrease in value.....and if you chose could drive it every day. We feel very strongly that a car like this will not only hold its value but in years to come will continue to appreciate.

Please don't buy a Museum quality car like this unless you have a garage to store it inside. We do notbelieve this carhas ever been left outside.

Even in this very tough economic times where real estate has tumbled down a very steep hill....vintage cars...the real ones...the pedigreed cars in great restored or near perfect original condition continue to hold value and in most instances appreciate.

Instead call us at954-873-6495....even if your calling fromAustralia,Europe orJapan. We will not e-mail you the reserve but will discuss it with you on the phone!

We are all car guys that are very easy to speak Prima Donnas at this end...just car lovers that do this for the fun and passion of loving our hobby...for the past 50+ years!

We really do love the cars...a lot more than the $.

Once you speak with'll agree...we are sincere and dedicated to this eternal love affair with the automobile

SHIPPING: Many of my friends and fellow collectors have shipped literally 1000's of cars over the past many years...all with a great gal named Mary Olson who owns Crossroads Transport...I will be happy to give you her e-mail & telephone & connect you up on a DIRECT basis with Mary and she can handle any shipping needs...this car should be shipped ENCLOSED!

OUT-OF-THE-USA SHIPPING: Over the past 50 yearswe have shipped cars to more than 40 countries...I can put you in contact with the right people who will give you great service at a fair price.


If you have a trade...please e-mail us atluvdg@aol.coma complete set of photos....details and a phone number.Also, we have contact with shippers throughout theU.S.and WORLDWIDE...We will be happy to assist you.


E-MAIL the photos of your trade or trades

AS IS - NO WARRANTYThis vehicle is being sold as is, where is with no warranty, expressed written or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle, and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgement solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer's request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle.

There is no such thing as a "PERFECT" car...especially when dealing with vintage cars that are 25,35 and even 50 years old.

Arranging for an independent third-party inspection is a great way to validate a seller's claims about a vehicle's condition. There are many companies and individuals who offer such a service. Of course your personal inspection and scrutiny are suggested and most welcomed.

The seller has made a diligent effort to accurately describe this vehicle but does not expressly or implicitly guarantee the accuracy of the above description.

Bidders and prospective purchasers are urged and cautioned to conduct their own due diligence, including a physical inspection in person or through a qualified third party inspector or appraiser, before contemplating a purchase or making a bid on this vehicle.In fact, we would welcome and encourage such an inspection, and will make every effort to make the above described vehicle available at a time convenient to the perspective purchaser or their agents

We charge NO fees of any type. NONE!

We will help arrange to have your vehicle picked up on a bonded, licensed and insured carrier.

There are no dealer fees or other charges and you are responsible to pay all sales taxes in your home state .

Required payment is 20%within 72 hoursand the balance in fullwithin 7 daysthereafter.

If you buy a car from us and are not happy with something that is major in nature,

please call us and let us know. If we feel it's our fault, we are only too happy to

discuss making a possible adjustment on the final agreed price.


  • Classic cars* rise 40% in 2014 and up nearly four fold since 2005
  • 2015 out performed 2014 and 2016 so far is outpacing 2015
  • Watches show biggest drop during 2014
  • Stamps and coins, only assets to increase over nine consecutive years
  • Coins continue to rise, up 176% over nine years and up 9% in 2014

Classic cars increased in value by 40% during 2014, and have increased in value nearly four fold, since 2005, according to the latest edition of the Coutts Index. In its second year, the report shows that while passion investments have increased just 0.8% during 2014, this masks the diversity of returns of the various underlying categories which have increased overall by 80% (local currency terms) since 2005.

The Index aims to provide the global benchmark for monitoring the performance of passion assets. Developed in conjunction with Fathom Consulting, the Coutts Index captures the price return in local currency (net of the holding costs) of 14 passion assets across two broad categories: trophy property and alternative investments. Alternative investments can be further broken down into fine art, collectibles and precious items. The Coutts Index also incorporates a real estate component supplied by Savills World Research and fine art prices from Mei Moses®.

Highlights from this year’s results include:

  • Collectibles– coins have appreciated every year, up 176% since 2005. By contrast, Fine Wine was the only Collectable to see prices fall in 2014, down more than 9% in the third consecutive year of contraction after rapid price growth in 2006-07
  • Fine Art– of all the Fine Art categories, Traditional Chinese Art has seen the greatest overall price growth since 2005, more than doubling over the period. However, this was the only art category to fall in 2014 with prices contracting 13%.
  • Precious Items– 2014 was not a strong year for Jewellery or Watches with price growth for the former dropping from more than 14% in 2013 to under 2% in 2014. The average price of watches contracted by more than 17% last year, undoing some of the progress made since the recession.
  • Property– despite some of the headlines regarding London’s super-prime real estate market, 2014 was actually an unremarkable year for Trophy Properties – divided into residential properties (luxury properties in ten prime global city locations) and leisure properties (in the world’s most desirable leisure destinations), with the former virtually unchanged and the latter falling by 2%. This is against a backdrop of double digit increases before the 2008 financial crisis.

Mohammad Kamal Syed, Head of Financial Advice and Investment Solutions at Coutts, said: “At a time of paltry interest rates, we continue to see lots of interest from the wealthy in finding somewhere worthwhile and out of the ordinary to put their money. Passion assets maintain their appeal, indeed the majority of passion assets we’ve tracked have risen over the past 12 months.

Table below shows increases (%) for each asset class tracked across various timescales

2012 TO 2013 CHANGE (%)

2013 TO 2014 CHANGE (%)

2005 TO 2014 CHANGE (%)